Durant Democrat- RSS OPINION?profile=1013 Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION?profile=1013 http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION?profile=1013 Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:49:08 EST 1800 Voters Should Apply Early for Absentee Ballots http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50769358/Voters-Should-Apply-Early-for-Absentee-Ballots Voters in Bryan County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the Nov. 4 Bryan County General Election should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Linda Fahrendorf said today. Although the County Election Board can accept... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:30:18 EST City and community leaders discuss the importance of water conservation http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top/150013447/City-and-community-leaders-discuss-the-importance-of-water-conservation Representatives from the Nature Conservancy, Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer, the city of Ada and the city of Durant all gathered at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and library Tuesday to share the urgency of... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:50:09 EST Durant softball routs Tulsa on Senior Day http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/150012864/Durant-softball-routs-Tulsa-on-Senior-Day DURANT - The Durant Lady Lions exploded offensively early and often finishing off district play with a doubleheader rout of Tulsa Memorial Saturday on Senior Day. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:27:15 EST SE golf finishes second at Texoma Championship http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/150012814/SE-golf-finishes-second-at-Texoma-Championship KINGSTON — Southeastern made a furious rally at Chickasaw Point Golf Resort on Tuesday, firing a tournament-best 283 in the third round to jump from fifth to second place with a score of 881. The team finished just three shots behind winner... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:15:08 EST Lady Mustangs, Lady Cougars to host Regionals http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/50815177/Lady-Mustangs-Lady-Cougars-to-host-Regionals Regional tournament brackets for fast-pitch softball have been released by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. This is a double-elimination round, but unlike baseball, only one team per bracket will advance to State. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:11:11 EST Silo Rebels hosting Calera and Tushka in Regionals http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/50813180/Silo-Rebels-hosting-Calera-and-Tushka-in-Regionals Brackets have been released for fall baseball Regional tournaments by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:10:13 EST Jackson to be homecoming parade grand marshal http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/150013015/Jackson-to-be-homecoming-parade-grand-marshal A homegrown mixed martial arts champ will be the grand marshal of the DHS homecoming parade Thursday.Legacy Featherweight World Champion Damon Jackson is a 2007 graduate of Durant High School. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:09:14 EST New inductees to enter Durant Athletic Hall of Fame http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/150012807/New-inductees-to-enter-Durant-Athletic-Hall-of-Fame There have been many successful coaches in Durant High School history. Few however can equal the long-term success of Ralph Tate on the gridiron and even more so in track and field. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:08:14 EST Durant FFA welcomes student teacher http://durantdemocrat.com/news/lifestyle/150003484/Durant-FFA-welcomes-student-teacher DURANT – The Durant FFA chapter and agricultural education program recently welcomed student teacher Katie Millermon, an agricultural education senior from Oklahoma State University. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:51:04 EST Oklahoma unveils new execution procedures http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150009783/Oklahoma-unveils-new-execution-procedures OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials unveiled new execution procedures Tuesday to replace those used in April when an inmate writhed and moaned before being declared dead 43 minutes after his lethal injection began — a situation... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:50:17 EST Lawsuit challenges state law on abortion drugs http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150009870/Lawsuit-challenges-state-law-on-abortion-drugs OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa medical clinic contends in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that an Oklahoma law set to take effect later this year further restricting the use of abortion-inducing drugs in the state is an unconstitutional violation of a... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:50:15 EST Voter Registration Deadline is Oct. 10 http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50769539/Voter-Registration-Deadline-is-Oct.-10 Friday, Oct. 10, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 4 Bryan County General Election, Bryan County Election Board Secretary Linda Fahrendorf said. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:39:14 EST Day 1: SE golfers take fifth place http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/50812343/Day-1:-SE-golfers-take-fifth-place Southeastern opened the Texoma Championship with a 300 and followed with a 298 for the second 18 holes and finds itself in fifth place after 36-holes with a total score of 598 at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Resort. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:33:16 EST Durant Junior Varsity beat McAlester, 41-21 http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/50812380/Durant-Junior-Varsity-beat-McAlester-41-21 Tyler Shade had two long touchdown runs and Dakota Finley also accounted for a pair of scores to lead the Durant Junior Varsity to a 41-21 win over visiting McAlester Monday night at Paul Laird Field. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:33:14 EST Firefighters put out house fire http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50814178/Firefighters-put-out-house-fire A home was damaged by a fire on Saturday, according to the Durant Fire Department. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:32:10 EST Education Department holds meeting http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top/50812767/Education-Department-holds-meeting Area citizens and educators had the opportunity to share concerns and ideas with the state Department of Education Monday evening. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:46:09 EST Beheading suspect’s conversion surprised family http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50811675/Beheading-suspects-conversion-surprised-family OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alton Nolen told relatives after his release from prison on drug and assault charges last year that he wanted to focus on getting his life in order. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:46:12 EST Annual Buffalo Stampede set for Saturday in Caddo http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/50778832/Annual-Buffalo-Stampede-set-for-Saturday-in-Caddo It's nearing time again for the annual Buffalo Stampede. The 5K and one-mile fun run/walk is set for Saturday in Caddo. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:32:12 EST Davis and Hernandez to wed http://durantdemocrat.com/news/weddings/50783630/Davis-and-Hernandez-to-wed Amity Davis and Caleb Hernandez both of Colbert will wed on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Franks' residence in Bokchito.Officiating will be Phillip Rowland of Family Worship Center, Bokchito. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:07:11 EST Sample ballots available http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50769224/Sample-ballots-available Sample ballots now are available at the Bryan County Election Board office for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the Bryan County General Election on Nov. 4. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:23:06 EST